ONE TUTORIAL A DAY FOR 31 DAYS – DAY 27 OF MY JOURNEY – INSPIRED BY MOSAIC

FREE TUTORIAL (2) I have never understood the writer’s mental blockage, until I felt something similar. For more than a week I could not get near my working table, the more I saw my abandoned tools on my table, the worse I felt. Luckily this bad moment (caused by a conflictual situation in my life) passed away and now I am,  again, confident and creative. In fact I was “saved” once again by the ArtBeadScene monthly contest (Inspiration: Untitled, 1926-1954, By Augustin Lesage, Oil on Canvas), in the sense that I realized that I had to make an effort and create the jewelry piece for this month. I would add that I found the inspiration for this month very tough (too many colors, lines, shapes – I did not know where to begin).

By Mihaela Georgescu

 

Image on the right: Untitled, 1926-1954
By Augustin Lesage
Oil on Canvas

Materials and tools used: white Fimo Professional Polymer Clay, a pasta machine, pastel colors, mica powders, alcohol inks, a flexible blade, a craft knife and varnish. I have conditioned the polymer clay. I rolled it through the pasta machine.  I have cut irregular “tiles”. IMG_2261 And then I colored them with pastel colors. IMG_2263   I colored more “tiles” with mica powders for a different look. IMG_2265       I have covered a sheet of polymer clay with abalone gold leaf. IMG_2266   Then I decided to cut the “tiles” into little pieces and the gold leaf covered polymer clay into stripes.  IMG_2268   I started to create a design applying the stripes and the little “tiles” on a thin sheet of  white polymer clay (pressing slightly).  IMG_2269 IMG_2270 IMG_2271   I cut the shape I wanted and used the scrap clay to make some oval beads.  IMG_2273   IMG_2275   I cut out some triangles on the upper sides of the pendant. I have made two holes on the upper sides of the pendant.  IMG_2276 I have baked it and after cooling, I enhanced the colors using alcohol inks ( I colored the margins and the back with yellow alcohol ink).  IMG_2278     I added some olive green alcohol ink over the abalone gold sheet stripes.  IMG_2280   I have varnished it with Triple Thick Gloss Varnish. I will leave you with a quote from Georgia O’Keeffe:  I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do. I will try to keep this in mind. Have an amazing day! Mihaela IMG_2284 (2)   I

48 Comments

    1. Thank you so much, Irene! I did in the past mosaics with egg-shells (that I applied on decoupage boxes or on polymer clay pendants), but this is the first mosaic made entirely from polymer clay. I am very glad that you liked it! Best wishes! Mihaela

  1. Your necklace is really beautiful Mihaela. You did a great work. By the way, i’m surprised and very proud to see that you noticed some of my créations and pined it. Thank you

    1. Thank you, Valerie, for your wonderful words! I think you are an amazing artist (judging from the jewelry pieces that you made for the ArtBeadScene challenge) and I loved your koala necklace (front and back – I found that the back of the necklace is very well done with so many details). I loved your message also (Save the Forest). I am also a contributor of the ArtBeadScene Monthly Challenge so we will meet also in the ArtBeadScene Group Board. Amitiés! Mihaela

    1. Thank you for taking the time and writing to me! I am amazed by the passion you put into everything that is related to sketching. I admire a lot the fact that you put all these efforts into gathering amazing images to illustrate a theme (dance, children, maternity, etc.) It’s like a history of art! Great work!

      1. Oh Mihaela, maybe your words are the best depiction of the first idea when I decided to build the blog. Long time ago I had been collecting books, postcards, and sheets from magazines, for to feel I had some pieces of the history of the drawing and the sketch to learn through them. Thats happened before internet birth. Your comment is essential for me. And if the pleasure is shared I think the bliss is double. Thanks a million. A heartfelt hug.

      2. I totally understand your passion. I do the same thing: I can’t stop looking at jewelry pieces of any kind for the wonderful feeling I have when I look at jewelry and also to learn as much as I can from them. I also love looking at drawings and paintings (I have the same feeling of delight)! You are doing a great job and I admire it! Thank you for opening like that to me. A heartfelt hug from me too!

      3. I’m sorry for the delay of my answer. Although we are not the great artists of humanity, we can at least know how his feelings were toward the art, through our insight . Perhaps it would be something like being inside their mind. Best wishes, see u soon!

      4. I am also sorry for the delay with which I reply. Yesterday I was very productive and I managed to make three tutorials (that I like) motivated also by the fact that tomorrow I am going to Romania, to visit my family and my friends and I won’t be able to work there, only to prepare my posts and to post them. Sometimes it takes me several days to make a tutorial ( to have the inspiration and the state of mind to create) so making threes tutorials in a day was a big thing for me, but I wasn’t able to get near my computer. This explains my silence. Have a wonderful day and see you soon! Mihaela

      5. I’m sorry Mihaela, now the delay was mine. I have been offline and been working hard this friday. Tomorrow I will go to Italy with the partners of an amateur chorus to sing saturday and sunday night. I’ll come back on monday night. Thanks a lot for your explanations of your work about tutorials. I understand your big effort.
        Maybe this weekend, a corner of my mind, I will keep an small square with your gravatar. Have a nice trip and best wishes. XO.

  2. I like your interpretation of the inspirational painting. Interesting process! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    I have definitely had writer’s block, by the way, when attempting my jewelry making. That is because I only occasionally get to my jewelry-making projects, and so my creativity pump is not primed for the design part. (I’m usually writing or attempting to play guitar when not hands-on with jewelry.) I can stare for hours at a combination of beads I believe I want to start with and still have absolutely nothing come to mind.

    My writing can be like that if I’ve been away too long. It’s the frustration I always carry with me . . . I have too many creative interests and they are in different arenas (art vs. music vs. writing) but most of them suffer because without giving them the full attention they each need. Except on the higher level of the arts, none of them keeps me primed the other; they all use different parts of my brain. But better to have all the interests than to have none at all! 😉

    1. Thank you, Sue! I totally understand you! For me it’s the same: I love making jewelry, but I would also make decoupage, work with Powertex , do some fabric painting or glass painting and there is never enough time to do them all. So I had to concentrate on the jewelry (because it is really what I prefer the most). When I started doing decoupage, I decoupaged half of my house: I decoupaged wine crates to put my acrylics in them, a shoe holder, jewelry boxes, an Ikea paper lamp, my son’s night lamp, a little canvas and some wooden boards… And I learned a lot during the process (about the colors, my taste in combining colors) and I am surrounded by beautiful things. Yet I haven’t decoupaged anything for months. Even though I should revise them from time to time in order not to forget all the things I learned.

      1. I guess in the end, it’s all like a riding a bike. We pick up where we left off . . . in a perfect world, at least! 🙂

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